November 19, 2018

Damaris Zehner: Privilege

Privilege By Damaris Zehner I was an obnoxious twelve-year-old, which should come as no surprise. As a student at St. Mary’s in Waverly, Johannesburg, I complained about school a lot. When I got home, my uniform would be thrown on the floor, where it would generally stay until I shook it out and put it […]

Advent IV: Seeing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. Today is Christmas Eve, and I’ve invited Damaris Zehner to wrap up our Advent meditations. I am grateful for each of the friends and gifted people who have helped us prepare our lives […]

Fridays with Damaris Zehner: Another Look — Christians Need More Enemies

Note from CM: Today’s repost is the first that Damaris wrote for us at IM, back in 2010. Readers could see her insight and prodigious writing talent from the very beginning, and I’m glad she’s been able to continue with us over the years. I’m blest to call her a friend and colleague. • • […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Filled with Passionate Intensity

Filled with Passionate Intensity By Damaris Zehner Does anyone else cringe when they hear the over-used word “passion”? “What’s your passion?” —  “I have a passion for — something.” — “I’m so passionate about that.” I don’t think these people know what they’re really saying. Bear with me here. I’m launching into a history of […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – How We Become Human

How We Become Human By Damaris Zehner I know, as a tenet of my faith, that Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection somehow have set me free from death and given me new life.  I know that God says that he will take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.  But […]

Fridays with Damaris: Literature and Empathy

Literature and Empathy By Damaris Zehner In May of 1998, my husband, three daughters, and I – pregnant with our fourth – moved to Kyrgyzstan.  We went with a non-denominational mission agency and planned to develop a business in one of the most remote areas.  We had many reasons for taking our family overseas to […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – The Myth of Autonomy

The Myth of Autonomy By Damaris Zehner Americans take for granted, even idealize, the ideal of personal autonomy. Many Americans believe that autonomy is achievable and that it’s the most honorable lifestyle there is.  They believe that people are autonomous individuals.  Even if I’m not as autonomous as I should be, because I lack courage […]

Fridays with Damaris: Another Look – Integrity of Life

Integrity of Life by Damaris Zehner For, with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Prayer offered during Mass: May 3, 2015 • • • The phrase “integrity of life” reached out and grabbed me when I heard it a few months […]

Friday with Michael & Damaris: Pentecost

Pentecost The room is still; the hearth is cold and dark. A rancid smell of ashes fills the air. The candles stand neglected. Windows stare Like blinded eyes unlit by any spark. How dead this place – no life has left its mark Upon the icy floor, the table bare; No breeze, no breath, no […]

Fridays with Damaris: Infinity

Infinity By Damaris Zehner You tossed the earth Into the oceans of space Where it floated, glowing Green against blackness. From that tiny impact Ripples circled outward, Reaching warm fingers of water Into the emptiness between the planets, Lifting stars as lightly as Drifting blossoms on their waves. Not even at the farthest reaches Of […]